Stephen Pryor Hinshaw

                                                           ┌── Virgil Goodman Hinshaw
                                                           │    1876-1952 
                         ┌── Virgil Goodman Hinshaw, Jr. ──┤
                         │    1919-1995                    │
                         │                                 └── Eva C. Piltz
                         │                                     c1885-1923 
Stephen Pryor Hinshaw ───┤
B: 1952                  │                                 ┌── Frank B. Pryor
                         │                                 │
                         └── Alene Kinsey Pryor ───────────┤
                              1925-2014                    │
                                                           └── Ruth K. (Pryor)
M: Roberta L. Wyn
   ├── Jeffrey Wyn Hinshaw (1986-) 1,2,3

M: Kelly -
   └── Evan R. Hinshaw  4

Stephen Pryor Hinshaw     [ID 07419] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Born 1952, Columbus, Franklin County, Ohio.1  

Stephen received a B.A. from Harvard University in 1974; an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1979; a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, also from U.C.L.A., in 1983.5,6  

He married Roberta L. Wyn, Sep 2 1984, Alameda County, California.1,7  Roberta was born about 1951.7  

He then married Kelly -.4  

Stephen is a Professor of Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley.1  He is a noted researcher and author specializing in developmental disorders, especially ADD/ADHD.  For more on Stephen's professional background, see:

In October 2002 Stephen's latest book went on sale, titled "The Years of Silence are Past: My Father's Life with Bipolar Disorder":1,8

2.3 million Americans, approximately 1.2% of the U.S. population, suffer from bipolar disorder and nearly 1 million Canadians suffer from severe and persistent mental illness.  Mental disorders are now recognized to rival major physical diseases as the leading cause of economic, physical, and psychological burdens worldwide.  Stephen Hinshaw's compelling account of his father's life-long struggle with bipolar disease reveals the isolation, confusion, hopelessness, and destruction of serious mental illness that patients and their families experience.  Hinshaw, an academic psychologist, incorporates the range of factors that contribute to serious mental disorder, as well as issues of self-image, resilience, diagnosis and treatment.  His belief that devastating and even debilitating life experiences can yield strength, gentleness, and resilience is reflected in the compassionate description of his father's life.  Stephen P. Hinshaw s Professor of Psychology and former Director of the Clinical Science program at the University of California, Berkeley.  He has authored over 120 articles, chapters and reviews and is the author of the book, Attention Deficits and Hyperactivity in Children (Sage, 1994).
From the publisher:1,8
Stephen Hinshaw ... has written a powerful account of what it is to be the son of a man who lost not only his way, but his mind as well. ...  Hinshaw portrays his father’s struggles with clear-eyed compassion and describes vividly the complexity of their relationship. ...  Professor Hinshaw has written a compelling book about fathers and sons, madness, and the intolerance of society and the academic and medical communities. ...  He has also written an excellent book, one that will go far beyond the academic world, and for that I am particularly delighted".  [from the Foreword by Professor Kay Redfield Jamison, author of "An Unquiet Mind"]
"Publishers Weekly" noted:8
Academic psychologist Hinshaw has skillfully woven both autobiography and biography into this moving and instructive account of his father's mental illness.  The book opens with several endearing photographs of his father, from youth to parenthood.  But the photos don't reveal the pain: while in the 12th grade in 1936, Hinshaw's father, Virgil (or Junior, as he's called), had jumped off his family's roof in a crazed attempt to save the world.  After almost a year of starving himself in a county institution, Junior rebounded to attend Stanford, the University of Iowa and Princeton.  Readers then see him living two lives, one full of achievements - meeting with Albert Einstein, working as a philosophy professor at Ohio State, forming a lasting marriage and fathering two children - and the other full of unexpected moments of profound depression and sometimes delusion, which lead him, misdiagnosed, to institutionalization.  Sheltered from this family secret until his college days, Hinshaw explains how the silence from his father's absences hung in the air like a toxin.  After his father finally shared his suffering with his son, they began years of healing talks about the disorder.  Throughout this tender narrative, readers learn about the symptoms that distinguish bipolar disorder from schizophrenia, as well as its possible causes and treatments.  Hinshaw's work offers an in-depth look at this illness while celebrating the resilience of a man facing a world of extremes.  [Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.]
A book reviewer wrote:1 astounding work.  It is extremely compelling and I found it virtually impossible to put it down once I began reading it. ...  It will make an enormous contribution to the field and to the yeoman problems that the stigmatization of mental disorder heaps upon persons with mental illness and their families.  For a person of such stature as Stephen Hinshaw to demonstrate the valor to discuss his father's mental illness so openly will be an important contribution to breaking down the barriers caused by stigmatizing mental disorder.  It is very rare to find a scientist-clinician capable of producing a work that reflects this breadth.  This book has the makings of a classic..."  Danté Cicchetti, University of Rochester]

(photo)Photo: Stephen Pryor Hinshaw 6


  1. Contribution from Thomas V. Hinshaw.
  2. VitalSearch California Birth Index 1905-2001:
  3. California Birth Index, 1905-1995;
  4. Alene Kinsey Pryor obituary.
  7. California, Marriage Index, 1960-1985;

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